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The Evolution of the Ford Mustang, America’s Pony Car

This horse has legs.

Pictures of the Week 9.17.15

Washington D.C.

Why does ice cream give you ‘brain freeze’?

Delicious frozen desserts come with a sting in their tail. But why?<p>One of the most mind-numbing types of headache comes from one of the greatest desserts ever invented. By some estimates, as many as one in three people suffer from “ice cream headaches” or “brain freeze,” as the phenomenon is …

Headaches

A Cultural History of the Fever

The fever phobia that parents experience is ancient and useful.<p>For most of human history, an unusually high body temperature was a sign of the supernatural. Fevers were sinister but common, unnatural but real. And without a theoretical underpinning by which to understand them, fevers long seemed to …

To This Day

Supersonic breakthrough: Concorde could fly again within four years

British fans of the famous jet say they have enough money to buy one and return it to service for the first time since 2003<p>A group of British aviation enthusiasts committed to seeing Concorde fly again has revealed it has the funds to purchase one of the supersonic jets and bring it back into …

Air France

Dark Skin May Have Evolved to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Darwin and others said skin cancer couldn't influence the evolution of skin color. A new study makes the case that it did.<p>When it comes to skin color, the idea that we're really all the same isn't just a utopian dream. A look at skin cancer from an evolutionary perspective suggests that maybe once …

Speaking proper: does it matter if we can't pronounce mispronunciation?

Do you say 'expresso' or 'nucular'? Have you ever been confident about how you say bruschetta? Don't worry about it – arguments over pronunciation are mostly proxies for snobbery and class one-upmanship<p>For years, I used to think the film reviewer's genre term "biopic" was stressed on the second …

How the ancient Greeks shaped modern mathematics – video animation

In this Royal Institution animation about a group of revolutionary thinkers who changed the way we see mathematics, we see that maths isn't just about performing calculations, but a way of understanding and testing the reality of the world around us. Ancient thinking is still helping engineers, …

'Votes' protect quantum processors from decoherence - Futurity

To fight the "noise" that keeps quantum processors from working properly, scientists have developed a strategy that puts quantum bits into voting …

'Lung In A Box' Keeps Organs Breathing Before Transplants

An experimental device keeps a lung warm, breathing and nourished while outside the body. Credit:MediCommConsultants/YouTube.com<p>Doctors at the University of California, Los Angeles, explain how the "heart in a box" machine works.<p>When doctors rush a lung to a hospital for a transplant, the precious …

Injected virus protects mice from HIV - Futurity

A method to deliver HIV-fighting antibodies to mice is effective against a strain of HIV found in the real world, new research shows.

NASA Begins Acoustic Tests On The Space Launch System

Using a cute little scale model!<p>NASA's Space Launch System will have some pretty strong engines. As a result, the engines produce enormously loud sounds. The SLS is slated to be the most powerful rocket in history. The heavy-lift launch vehicle is set to carry the Orion capsule beyond low-Earth …

Space Exploration

Universe Today on Twitter: "Astronomy Cast Podcast Ep. 332: Stellar Collisions http://t.co/oysQCoYXnL http://t.co/XwpK2ol2No"

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

Digitally simulated worm wriggles for the first time (video)

It's relatively easy to simulate life in an abstract sense, but it's tricky to do that cell by cell -- just ask the OpenWorm Project, which has spent months recreating a nematode in software. However, the team recently cleared an important milestone by getting its virtual worm to wiggle for the …

Octafire 8 Port Charge Allows Users to Charge Multiple Devices Simultaneously

In the modern world, a majority of us own multiple gadgets, smartphones or tablets. The main problem arises when you have to charge them. Octafire 8 …

Apple may let you tag iPhone photos using your voice

Tagging greatly simplifies photo searches, but it can be a cumbersome process -- just ask anyone who has typed in keywords for dozens of vacation shots. It may be more intuitive if Apple implements the voice tagging from a newly published patent application, though. The technique would let …